DAN MENTA

Paintings

“My passion is to create art with the intention to inspire, heal and evoke peace.”

I was born and raised in Bronx, New York. I have been drawing from the age of 5 with pencil and crayons, and then slowly graduating from one medium to another until finding a love for mixing acrylic paint with airbrush and traditional brush on assorted surfaces. I choose images of familiarity using multiple photographic references’ to recreate the true life essence and emotion with identifiable characteristics which I then transfer to a clay board or aluminum panel. I use a process of application and removal of acrylic paint with an Airbrush and traditional brush, balancing layers of black while removing paint with an eraser, razor and other abrasive materials to highlight and texturize my subject with the white of the surface I’m painting on. I do this continuously until all tonal values are balanced to my liking. My images are painted using only the color black with a splash of color, no white paint is used; it’s the absence of color that provides the white. I call my technique, “The Art of Removal”.

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